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A Natural Disaster

Updated on March 22, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

The impeccably dressed young prosecuting attorney for the Department of Justice made his way into the courtroom. It seemed that he had timed his arrival such that all were in their seats and awaiting him to show. He carried himself with a swagger and a confidence that all but dripped from his personality. Nothing seemed to please him more than the smell of a potential conviction. I sat at the defense table, the accused, with my band of lawyers seemingly arrayed in their J.C. Penny custom polyester suits wondering if I had a snowball’s chance of obtaining a fair trial.

My thoughts were interrupted by the Bailiff’s call, “Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye…the 113th Judicial Circuit Court of the State of Texas is now in session with the honorable Judge Tom Stanley presiding. All rise as the Judge enters the courtroom.” And as quickly as the words settled on the room the judge was in his high back chair and rapping the gavel lightly for all to be seated. The judge immediately moved to the business at hand.

We are here today to try the case of The Department of Justice versus Brown. Bailiff read the charges please.”

“The Department of Justice versus Wayne Brown, docket case #605798 filed on the 1st day of January 2012. The charges so state that the defendant, Mr. Wayne Brown, did woefully, negligently, and unlawfully allow two Silver-Leaf Maple trees to die a slow grievous death in his yard. The charge further stipulates that said Mr. Brown was fully aware of his act and did so with malice and forethought. Mr. Brown is charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to undermine national laws. Charges were filed on the part of the United States Government as the plaintiff in this case,” Stated the bailiff as he stood before the courtroom.

Will the attorneys for the parties to the suit please approach the bench,” Judge Stanley summoned.

My attorney, Chester Howe, moved toward the bench. He was a senior partner with the law firm representing my case, Duie, Cheatam, & Howe. The cocky young prosecutor also made his way to the bench sauntering as if this was already a slam-dunk for him.

Gentlemen, Mr. Brown has requested a jury trial in this case. Are both of you ready with you opening remarks for the jury?” Both lawyers nodded in the affirmative and the judge signaled to the bailiff to bring in the jury who was sequestered in a room adjacent to the court. Each of the twelve slowly entered their assigned seating area hardly taking their eyes off of me while they made their way. Suddenly, I felt guilty.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, the prosecuting attorney, Chad Cruise, will present the opening remarks for the government’s case against Mr. Brown,” Judge Stanley instructed the jury.

“Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen,” Cruise spoke as he rose from his seat at the prosecution table and moved to the railing in front of the jury box. “It is the intention of the Department of Justice to prove on behalf of the federal government that Mr. Wayne Brown is in violation of the 28th Amendment to the Constitution which so stipulates that Mother Nature in the form of all living things is recognized to have the same rights to exist and flourish within the boundaries of this country as any man, woman, or child. Our evidence with regard to Mr. Brown will show that over the course of a fifteen year timeframe, while he occupied his current residence, Mr. Brown did negligently, woefully, and with malice and criminal intent take actions which terminated the life of two Silver-Leaf Maple trees occupying space on his property. The evidence will show these trees were in existence prior to Mr. Brown’s acquisition of the property and were in good health when the sales transaction of the property took place. Witnesses will offer testimony to support such claims and allow you to arrive at a verdict of guilty and do your civic duty in taking this animal off the street,” Snarled the cocky young prosecutor as he turned away from the jury and pointed an accusing finger at me. With that, he nodded to the jury and returned to his seat.

My attorney, Chester Howe, then rose and walked to a point near the jury box rail. “Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, my client, Mr. Wayne Brown, is but a humble citizen of America just trying to make a living and take care of his family. He has no record of a criminal past nor is there any implication which would spell intent on his part to carry out such an act for which he is accused here in this court today. We have every reason to believe that we can prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that the two Silver-Leaf Maple trees occupying Mr. Brown’s property did indeed die but they did so simply on the basis of living out the normal life cycle of a tree of that species. Witnesses will testify to that fact here in this court. I beseech you all, as citizens just like Mr. Brown, to consider the consequences of these charges very seriously and be absolutely certain that anything the prosecution puts before you in this courtroom convinces you beyond the shadow of a doubt that Mr. Brown is guilty of such charges. If, indeed, you cannot reach that level of confirmation within your own heart, then I would ask that you offer Mr. Brown the benefit of the doubt and acquit him of all charges in this case allowing him to live out his life as a law-abiding American citizen. Thank You.” With that, Chester returned to his seat beside me at the defense table.

Judge Stanley immediately spoke, “Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, the prosecution will present its case and the associated evidence first. Mr. Cruise you may proceed in calling your first witness.”

“Thank you, Your Honor. The people call the defendant, Wayne Brown, to the stand. And Your Honor, the prosecution would like it noted in the record that we consider Mr. Brown a hostile witness who is testifying only under coercion of a federal warrant,” Attorney Cruise stated.

So noted,” Said the Judge nodding to his court recorder. “Proceed with your questioning.”

I stepped into the witness box adjacent to the judge’s station. The bailiff took the steps to swear me in properly and nodded to the young attorney.

Now, Mr. Brown, is it not true that you purchased a home in 1994 which had four large Silver leaf Maple trees which had been previously planted in the front yard area of said property?” Prosecutor Cruise began.

Why yes, yes I did, but you must understand…,” I replied. The young attorney immediately cut me off.

A simple yes or no answer will suffice to the question, Mr. Brown. Please don’t make me ask the judge to remind you.” Cruise fired back.

Now is it not true that after you took possession of the property, the two Maple trees in question began to deteriorated and show a visible decline in their health,” Cruise probed.

Well you see, Sir, that’s not exactly the..” I began to state.

Cruise was pacing the floor and he whirled and yelled, “I want the truth!”

Rage immediately over took me. I stood up in the witness box and screamed, “The truth? The truth? Why you snot-nose little dip-shit tinhorn attorney, you can’t handle the truth! I know your type, every kid in the neighborhood kicked your ass and took your football. You snibbling pile of federal crap! You were hiding in your little Ivy League law school while men like me were roaming the jungles of Vietnam and the sands of Iraq. We bled for you and your right to drag us into these proceedings to make a mockery out of the laws of this land, any you want the truth. You go to hell!

Judge Stanley began rapping his gavel hard on the podium as the courtroom turned into chaos. The judge yelled over and over, “I’ll clear this courtroom, I’ll clear this courtroom!”

And the curtain slowly descended closing out the final scene of this one-act play.

Now, I wrote this little scenario for good reason. Last week, I heard a news report stating that an activist group in the San Francisco area had begun working with other environmentalists to solicit our federal government to give Mother Nature, “all the rights and benefits of us human beings who occupy the earth”. Now, at first glance, that might sound rather amusing to you but I promise you that if you think about it a while, it becomes far less amusing. Should such legislation be written into the law, the above absurd scenario could actually become a reality in our world.

Aw, come on, you say, do you really believe something this far-fetched could have any legs. My reply is a quick, “oh, hell yes!” Litigation attorneys all over America began to drool at the possibilities. Can you imagine, a class action law suit in the State of Washington filed on behalf of the entire population of Douglas Fir trees against Weyerhaeuser citing brutality, undue stress, torture, and indentured servitude? Given a population that large, can you imagine the money involved in either winning the case or just gaining a settlement.

Of course such legislation would also mean that no one would ever go to the store and purchase a plant again. In the first place, it would be against the law to sell them. Secondly, it would be against the law to buy them. Any plant possessing “human rights” would rightly be classified as a subject of slavery under such conditions…a clear violation of the laws of the United States. Things would change greatly, the plants would have to “voluntarily” come to our houses likely under some agreement in which we would pay in certain money to a general fund designed for the long term care and feeding of the plants…much like Social Security. Then, of course, while the plants were at your house, you would be held totally responsible for their welfare and charged accordingly with a crime if they were not returned in acceptable condition.

This proposal has implications which are so far reaching one cannot begin to name all the possibilities. Even the Supreme Court in consideration of a human fetus is reluctant to clearly define when “life as a human being” has actually begun fearing the implications which such a decision could have on abortion issues. Clearly, this proposal regarding Mother Nature has far broader implications and complexities which will place all of us into legal jeopardy and potentially take the regulation and prosecution of American industry to even greater heights than has ever been seen in our history.

If insanity and absurdity were a viral infection, America would be in a pandemic state of emergency in light of such a proposal. For those of us who still have our nuts torqued to the proper level, we can only hope that we can raise the awareness of our elected officials to let them know that Mother Nature has no place on the issue of human rights under the guiding principles of our Constitution. To find otherwise would be outrageous.

I will not go so far as to mention the name of this activist group for I dare not plug their effort by dropping their name. If you doubt what I say, I suggest you simply Google it and it should not be too difficult to find. I have written this article a bit tongue in cheek but what I relate to you here is absolutely a situation which can not go unanswered by the American public unless of course you really want to live in a world where a tree can sue you as indicated in the scenario above. Give it some thought.

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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @B.Leekley...Thank you. I appreciate the read and the feedback. You too make your points quite well. WB

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      Brian Leekley 

      6 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I took your advice and asked google and confirmed your claim. The group pushing for rights for Nature is well-connected nationally and internationally. I agree that the "legal rights" analogy is a poor choice. I do think that we humans are responsible, at least to one another and our future generations, for the sensible care of our planet home. That includes thinking long-term and big picture and considering the consequences of acting irresponsibly to make a quick buck or for convenience. And I read somewhere that the earth is the stool under God's feet, which I imagine makes it sacred -- reason for even more diligence in treating it and its natural resources respectfully and responsibly. Anyway, back to your hub, you make your points humorously and well.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @dahoglund...You know, DA...the only thing wrong with that analogy is that I didn't make it! LOL! Your point is right on the money and strikes at the heart of the matter. Mother Nature cannot be accountable for her actions and is unable to pay...the taxpayers would have to pick up the usual! WB

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      If mother nature has the same legal rights, then does she have the same responsibilities. Can we sue nature when it creates a disaster like the recent tornadoes?

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      7 years ago from Alabama

      Very unique article and well put together, I look forward in reading more.

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      7 years ago

      Well after reading your hub and all the comments above, I simplified my life and asked all my plants to start paying me rent and taking care of their own meals and watering.

      That way if the law makers come into my home they will see that my plants are taking care of themselves and paying rent for occupying space. I am presently forming a live at home contract that my green occupants will have to drop some green ink on in order to remain paying guests at my home.

      Well done Wayne and I don't doubt for a minute that your court room situation could happen. Wherever the law smells a dollar to be made they will try to write it in to legislation and quickly I might ad. Love the tow videos, made me laugh out loud. He he he

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Amy Becherer...It's from the same folks who gave us tree-hugging and political correctness. The post-Vietnam generation which cannot survive one day without a new cause to support. It's enough to make "Boston Legal" seem like a serious television drama. LOL! WB

      @Motown2Chitown...You are correct, I am making fun of it but they are very serious about this concept of giving mother nature human rights status. It is unimaginable where it all could end in terms of both absurdity and legality. Thanks much! WB

      @akirchner...I found the subject too absurd to approach on a serious note and I could not get that scene out of my head from "A Few Good Men" when Nicholson is on the witness stand yelling at Tom Cruise. I had to work that angle. Glad you enjoyed it. Get use to "coaching" your plants to come live with you! LOL! WB

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      "If insanity and absurdity were a viral infection, America would be in a pandemic state of emergency in light of such a proposal."

      Gosh, Wayne, I hate to break it to you but me thinks we are already there....I am beginning to wonder if our so called lawmakers are smoking some whacky tobacky 24/7 or how could they possibly come UP with this crap?

      Gotta love your sense of humor though it is really not a funny tale for any of us now is it? Did love the visual of not being able to buy plants due to cruel and unusual punishment though!

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      7 years ago

      Save the whales and the rainforests, but abort the babies? Absolute insanity is taking over the lawmakers and litigators of this nation. And, the problem is that those of us who strive to SPEAK are constantly SHOUTED down. God, what a horror story this is, Wayne, or could at least potentially be.

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      Amy Becherer 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      It's hard to believe this could be possible. Even in my wildest dreams...Hilarious spin on a ridiculously absurd idea. My mom and dad had a problem with a neighbor I call "no neck". He didn't like the property lines, although they were verified by a surveyer. He systematically destroyed a number of huge trees on my parents property during the night. They pressed charges, but were instructed to not attend court. My folks were told he would have to make reparations in the form of $$$. No neck was a friend of one of the crooked State Troopers and nothing ever came of it, other than my parents now had a better view of the shack the "no neck clan" occupied. It seems so ironic that militants would ever be able to decide what a property owner can plant or not on their own small piece of the earth. I love trees, too, but I would never have the audacity to dictate what someone else does with their landscaping. And, I've never heard the expression "for those of us who still have our nuts torqued at the proper level", but I won't forget it...I'm still laughing at that one, Wayne. Thanks for giving me plenty to think about!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Mimi721wis....Hey, if you found that dialogue credible, then maybe I can start doing some John Gresham type stories and broaden my horizons! WB

      @DzyMsLizzy...Oh I would never make that mistake. I know a lot of folks scatter about CA who lean to the conservative side but seem to be caught in the crush of liberalism associated with the population bases in SF and LA. Not everybody is drinking the Kool-Aid! LOL! WB

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      Liz Elias 

      7 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Yeahh.... good job!

      And I could hear myself in that very courtroom, answering the judge's threat of charging me with comtempt of court, "You're damned right, I'm in contempt: I find these proceedings contemptible!"

      And then I just might threaten the judge with a citizen's arrest. LOL

      This group won't get enough momentum to establish their cause--after they have to stop and consider, what would we eat? Would we be charged with murder or cannibalism for picking an eating a tomato?

      (And I reckon, in response to one of your replies, that they have to have their head "..far enough up their arse to enjoy the view through their nose!")

      There are nutcase fringe groups everywhere. I was born and raised in San Francisco, and in spite of the 1960's "Free Love/Hippie" era publicity, most of us are sane and normal. Please don't paint all San Franciscans and Californians with the same brush. ;-)

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      7 years ago

      Wayne loved your intro to this article. Very creative. It's fitting that you added the Stooges along with Albert and Costello. There are more important things going on in the world than getting crazy over tree or weeds on ones personal property.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @caltex...Apparently whatever it is they are still smoking out there enables them to talk with the trees, birds, and fish...I'm surprised Charlie Manson is still in jail. He'll work with 'em! LOL! WB

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      7 years ago

      Those activists in San Francisco have gone insane! What next?Have us prove self-defense when we swat a mosquito? I sure hope not!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @TimBryce...Who but he Brits would come up with a "political correctness" slant on this subject. Now, someone can play the "animal card" on you in a discuss about dog food. I wonder how far one has to have their head up their ass before this starts sounding logical? Thanks for the good words, Tim! WB

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      7 years ago

      Wayne -

      Great write. Yes, it's insanity.

      Here's something along similar lines: Over in the UK, an emerging animal rights group contends animal lovers should stop calling their furry or feathered friends “pets” because the term is insulting, leading academics claim. Domestic dogs, cats, or hamsters should be rebranded as “companion animals” while owners should be known as “human carers”, they insist. Even terms such as wildlife are dismissed as insulting to the animals concerned – who should instead be known as “free-living”.

      Holy crap! Have we lost our minds?

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @drbj...Thanks much, Doc and I stand corrected on the has been true already now for many years. Thank you for that keen attention to detail! LOL! WB

      @Silver Poet..Well, Thank's my "John Gresham" side emerging to see if I can write credibile courthouse dialogue for future adventues in legal land! WB

      @SilentReed: Yes, the fact that it is based in truth gives one a rather nasueating feeling once they start thinking it throught. That said, it will probably pass through Congress with flying colors! LOL! WB

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      7 years ago from Philippines

      Thoroughly enjoyed reading this.But for the sorry note that it is base on facts.From what heap of woodpile did these wooden blockheads come from? We'll just leave it to the stooges of the court. No doubt we'll be expecting another brilliant sequel to this tale when the final verdict is in.:)

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      Silver Poet 

      7 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      That's some pretty darn good writing, Wayne. Thanks for raising awareness for this situation.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Wayne - Your courtroom scene was way too shockingly realistic and I endorse your sentiments. Just one thing though, in one of your comments to a commenter, you said, "Soon the nuts will be running the asylum."

      You are wrong, wrong wrong! They already are!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @RealHousewife...Too bad we don't live closer...I'd come by with a truckload of manure and give it a shot! LOL! Thanks much! Great lawyer joke! WB

      @Truckstop Sally...Yes, but they don't smoke as well and the effect is a shortened life span! LOL! Thanks much! WB

      @Old Poolman...Soon, we'd be working for the plants...go figure! LOL! WB

      @marellen...Something really bad went wrong up there in the 60's when everyone had a flower in their hair! LOL! WB

      @rkhyclak...I think the saving grace is that it would require a Constitutional amendment to put it into law although I shiver to think that Obama might just give it as go as an Executive Order, as he does most stuff. WB

      @attemptedhumor...I agree with you, there's absolutely nothing wrong with being a good, common-sense, steward of our green resources but we need to keep it in that perspective. I thought those lines would help me put it over the top! LOL! WB

      @breakfastpop...Yes, we live in some difficult times seemingly handcuffing ourselves on the one hand and complaining of the constraints on the other. At the same I, like you, have seen too many of these things come to fruition to be comfortable with the concept. WB

      @THAT Mary Ann...Thank you for the good comments. I am so pleased to have a person who has accomplished as much as you have as a reader of my writing. I thank you for that. You do make a good point...there is much to be read into how something is reported. Hopefully, no one is of the opinion that we should ever end up in such a mess as I described in the courtroom scenario. But, if it causes us to stop and think things through a bit more before we do it, then there is no harm in that. Thanks for the good comments. WB

      @mckbirdbks...I think they are growing it under that big bridge! LOL...Oh, that Cheatam girl, such a pretty thing, but no morals! LOL! WB

      @samiaali...I think that might be the best conclusion I have heard on this matter! Thanks much! WB

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      7 years ago

      Hi Wayne Brown, This is a fantastic Hubpage! I think people must not have enough to do! LOL

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      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Excellent writing. Those folks in San Francisco must have some powerful pot. And just a note I think I went to school with Cheatam's daughter. ;)

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      THAT Mary Ann 

      7 years ago

      I enjoyed your writing, but there may be a bit of overreaction here. There are lots of "news reports" every day (however inaccurate some may be) often telling of some screwball proposal by some wing nut group threatening chaos. I doubt this will ever materialize and there are so many insane things on the table to worry about, I try to save my energy for them. The things that COULD or MIGHT happen but haven't yet (and don't reasonably seem possible) just drain our energies for the real fights we need to address. But thanks for raising our consciousness.

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      7 years ago

      If there is life on other planets, they must crack up every time they "visit" us. Everything you wrote about is about one second away from becoming true. Imagine, we could be arrested for killing weeds! Awesome...

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      7 years ago from Australia

      Yes Wayne it's best to be pessimistic, green issues are important but the green politicians always act too radically. Our Green leader is a named Bob Brown. No relation i presume? I enjoyed the court room drama, i actually watched the movie about a month ago and thought nutty Tom did a good job in the acting dept'. Cheers buddy

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      7 years ago from Ohio

      Oh.Sweet.God. What have we come to? How could anyone seriously consider such stupidity? I hope an end is put to it sooner than later.

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      7 years ago

      Like they say only in California can something like this be happening. Great Hub always keep us thinking.

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      Old Poolman 

      7 years ago

      Wayne, this would create an entrepreneurial dream. We could open a chain of plant mortuary's, plant cemeteries, plant casket factories, and oh so much more. Bring it on I say and we can create a giant non-tax-paying corporation to fill these needs.

      Great and interesting hub with an unusual presentation.

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Fun hub - if you take the "lighter" approach! Just noticed the silver maple leaf looks a bit like Cannabis?? Hmmmm!! The 3 Stooges video was funny, and I can attest -- I have never said that before. Always a firm believer that all women hate and all men love the trio. Surely we are soon going to start to look at ourselves and say -- what the f%@k? So much to work on. Where do we start? Lawyers? Politicians? Bankers? CEOs? CFOs?

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Gosh WB - if you were selling a load of manure and said it was roses, I'd probably buy it! In the beginning I kept thinking, now if tha isn't a frivolous lawsuit! Dang you better move to Missouri!

      You know what happens when a lawyer takes Viagra?

      He gets taller!

      Oops!did I say that?

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr...I understand the Dewey family went with the French spelling of the family name here in Texas in order to protect some oil royalties rights they took off of some old time wildcatters. LOL! WB

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Here in Phoenix, it's Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe. I suspect they're somehow related.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Hypenbird...So you use the same law firm as me? That would be them! LOL! You point is exactly the point that should be considered. I really don't know what some of these folks have in their head. I would really love to sit in a classroom or meeting and listen to them expound on the intelligence behind such a desire and how it would work in the real world. Of course, you must realize they are genius types and not of the common clothe. WB

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      When a tree is sacred and its life guarded with utmost care and the life of an unborn child can be terminated at will, priorities are skewered. I really can see a trial happening in America like you have described.

      A question about "Duie, Cheatam, & Howe." Would that be "Do We Cheat Them and How?"

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @CMerritt...If we could buy and sell common sense, it would probably be worthless because too many of these damn fools place no value on it. They are too busy trying to appear to be kind, considerate, caring, and intelligent. Soon the nuts will be running the asylum. WB

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      Chris Merritt 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Wayne, you made a fantastic hub. Your analogy of the courtroom makes it far to real...and not that much of a stretch to actuality. We are living in a crazed world. Common Sense is becoming near extinction.

      I vote up, awesome and useful.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr....Et Tu Brut Ta! That's all I can say! I really don't understand why these folks don't pack up and move to deepest Africa and live in the natural surroundings of the jungle...oh yes I do, they would be scared shitless, some of them would be eaten like wildebeast and there would be no one who they could pester with their dumbass ideas without being severely maimed in the process. No wonder they in America and breed. Thanks Will! WB

      @Tony0724...Correct, Tony! I know for sure that Van Jones is already on board and helping them with the cause. We really need to let Charlie Manson out of jail. Why should he suffer when we have all these types running free...I guess this pretty much will wrap up the San Diego Zoo. WB

      @Poohgranma...I think that says it all and very clearly I might add! Thanks for sharing it. WB

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      7 years ago from On the edge

      Genisus 1:26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."

      And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. Genesis 1:29

      And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." Genesis 1:30

      and that's all I have to say about that ;)

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      7 years ago from san diego calif

      Wayne your illustration of a theoretical future may nott be as far fetched as it may seem right now. One of Obamas Czars Cass Sunstien who I consider to be the second most dangerous man in America after Eric Holder believes that animals have the right to sue in court. And I am sure Van Jones will also be thrilled should legislation like this become the norm for America. Like I always say common sense is not so common anymore !

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Which brings us full circle...if plants and animals all have rights, then what will we eat? In fact, what will they eat? If a rabbit has rights, the foxes will starve. If grass has rights, the cows will starve. Without cow manure, the grass will starve.

      The rights people will have upset the balance of nature, and Earth will shrivel and die.

      Hopefully, the whacko rights people will die first so we can all get back to normal.

      Please pass the fried chicken, and have some fresh tomatoes!


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